Advance Care

If your symptoms are severe, call or go to the nearest emergency room. While my official job title was Consultant Pharmacist, I really felt that the most important part of my job was to help advocate for individuals who could not voice their health concerns.

Advance Care Planning

Sue Ann Westfall, MD, and Karen Glazier, MSW, presented information about Advance Care Planning at the August meeting of KVVP. They touched on the importance of completing AND discussing your Living Will and creating a Medical Power of Attorney as a way to protect your personal health wishes should you not be able to do so yourself. An informal survey indicated that as many as 75% of those in attendance had already completed their own Advance Care Directives! Dr. Westfall and Ms. Glazier also informed the group about the WV e-Directive Registry that is now available to all West Virginians. It gives you the option of posting your Advance Care Directives in a central location which will be accessible to all medical providers in the state when fully operational. Advance Care planning documents such as Living Wills and Powers of Attorney can be found by clicking here to go to the West Virginia Center for End of Life Care – then first click on ‘Resources and Links’ and then on  ‘Forms’. In addition, more information about the e-Registry is available there also.

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